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Ornamentation in Celtic Music

This lesson is part of the course Celtic Guitar with Tony McManus.
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Learn to play reels, jigs, airs, and other traditional forms, both fingerstyle and with a flatpick. Celtic guitar master Tony McManus walks you through melodies and shows you how to bring tunes to life with the ornamentation that defines Irish and Scottish traditional music.
 
 
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DADGAD Tuning
 
DADGAD tuning is associated with Celtic guitar more than any other tuning. In this lesson, Tony talks about how the tuning originated, how to get into DADGAD, and what you can do with it. Tony uses DADGAD to play jigs, reels, airs, etc., and he demonstrates how the whole step between the second string A and third string G makes it easy to play melodies across the strings, for a harp-like sound. He shows you a D major scale played in such a way that no string is played twice in a row: every note of the scale rings into the next note. He even shows you how you can play a Bb major scale in the same way.
 
 
 
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Ornamentation in Celtic Music  
 
Ornamentation in Celtic Music  
 
Ornamentation in Celtic Music
Ornamentation in Celtic Music
 
In many ways, the styles of ornamentation used in Celtic music is what distinguishes it from other kinds of folk and roots music. In this video, Tony talks about the use of ornamentation in general and how, in traditional circles, it’s not formally learned but picked up instinctively by listening to the music. Tony talks about learning ornamentation by listening to other instruments, such as fiddles, flutes, bagpipes, etc. Tony demonstrates some of his ornamentation techniques on “Muireann’s Jig,” including some quick hammer-on/pull-off ornaments that he refers to as “tickling the string” and some percussive “frails.” He also shows you how he uses his thumb to play triplets with a down-up-down motion, like a flatpick, and gives you an exercise to practice playing triplets with your fingers on the top strings.

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